Experience Paradise

Relaxing and recharging or exploring and discovering—traveling provides you with that essential time for yourself, to do the things you really want. Experience the beautiful facets of Hawksnest Villa and the Island of St. John.

Villa Experiences

Experience everything the villa has to offer during your stay

A home away from the everyday—offering the utmost seclusion and spectacular views for the days when you are the only thing that matters.

Dining at the villa

For our guests who choose to dine at the estate, Hawksnest Villa offers a large and fully equipped indoor kitchen as well as an outdoor BBQ grill station allowing for perfect home-cooking conditions.

And for those who prefer to spend their dining moments outside, there is a spacious terrace with a roofed dining table seating eight people comfortably. From here it is impossible to resist gazing at the stars or into the vastness of the Caribbean Sea at daylight.

Should you wish to have meals catered, there are a number of high quality on-call chef services available for hire that are familiar with Hawksnest Villa. Our estate managers will happily assist you in organizing a full in-villa dining experience.

Yoga above the water

On the decks of Hawksnest Villa you can experience yoga classes with the most gorgeous panoramic views of the ocean, gentle breeze caressing your skin and waves crashing the shorelines of Hawknest Bay.

Our external and trusted yoga instructors will refresh your mind & rejuvenate your body by offering innovative yoga sessions, such as Antigravity Yoga where you will hang loose to improve flexibility, or the more traditional yoga—we are delighted to make adequate arrangements.

Wellness with a view

What is better than topping off an adventurous day on the island with a professional and rejuvenating spa treatment?

Spa services range from massages, and facials to manicures and pedicures. Our estate managers will gladly take care of any bookings with our trusted external therapists and will handle everything for you before and after the session.

Relax & Recharge

Do not forget to relax during your vacation. Take your time to recharge your batteries and vitamine D levels.
Select your space and retreat area on the property and discover the murmur of the breeze and sounds of the sea. The sea wherever you look, from the terraces, from the rooms, from the sun bed you chose.
If conditions permit, you might even get a glimpse of the turtles in the bay as they emerge to the surface.
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Island Experiences

An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease - Explore the island by land, sea and air.

The Island of St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, but it has a lot to offer. It's one of the most charming and unique islands in the Caribbean and it captivates with its natural beauty.

Eco-tours in the national park

The island of St. John is the third largest U.S. Virgin Island and is home to only 5,000 people.

Over 60% of the Island is U.S. national park land and attracts visitors from all around the globe.

The national park offers more than just its beautiful beaches and unique marine life. There are more than 20 hiking trails on St. John with accessible boardwalks that let you wind through historic ruins or take you to a bird viewing deck on one of the fascinating salt ponds. Whether you hike on your own, or join a guided tour, make sure to visit the ancient Petroglyphs, the old Sugar Mill plantations or just hike to take in the views and lush green vegetations.

The National Park Visitor's Center is located in Cruz Bay and is a wonderful resource for planning your outdoor activities.

Cruz Bay

Cruz Bay is St. John’s main town. Located on the west end of the island. It is small and quaint with narrow streets, an easy natural feeling, and no stoplights. There's a small square in the center of town across from the ferry dock which is often filled with the sounds of live music, arts and crafts fairs, and the slapping of dominoes taxi drivers play while waiting for a fare. Open-air bars and restaurants, streetside cafes, and small shops offering an eclectic selection of items from around the world are tucked into a whimsical assortment of buildings, old and new.

Cruz Bay has every basic need covered with its grocery stores, drug stores, gas stations, post office, banks and a communications center.

Coral Bay

Coral Bay is the island's only other village. Blink and you will miss it — but don't, because it is a destination in itself. Located on the east end of the island, small shops, delis and restaurants dot the road around Coral Bay. There is Skinny Legs Bar and Grill, which has the best burgers and grilled fish sandwiches on the island. The characters lined up at the bar are also great entertainment. Surrounding Skinny Legs are various shops and galleries. Keep going east and you will discover Hurricane Hole, a part of the national park that is filled with small bays.

Water Sports

With the incredibly clear and pristine waters of the Virgin Islands, it's no surprise that there are numerous water sport activities available on St. John. Everything from snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, kayaking or paddle boarding is readily available from professional well-run businesses. Our estate manager is happy to make reservations for any activities you wish to participate in.

Helicopter tours

There is no other way to see and experience the Virgin Islands at the same time other than with a helicopter. Taking a bird’s eye view from above is as spectacular and impressive as it can get.

Caribbean Buzz Helicopters provides a variety of services and tours for the ultimate experience. You can also charter them for an airport transfer from St. Thomas airport straight to the helipad on St. John - by far the quickest option to travel.

Beaches

Trunk Bay and Cinnamon Bay are the two most well known beaches on St. John. Trunk Bay, named as one of the world’s most photogenic beaches by National Geographic, is so close that you look right at it from the pool deck. There are many more equally beautiful beaches to explore all over the island. You could spend a month and not visit the same beach twice and often you only share the beauty with a few other people.

Just a two minute drive from Hawksview Estate you’ll find Hawksnest Beach. The snorkeling is particularly good along the north shore past Gibney Beach. Seahorses, spotted eagle rays, turtles, peacock flounder, groupers, and parrot fish are just a few of the sea creatures seen there.

Trunk Bay also features an underwater snorkeling trail which is worth checking out.

Maho Bay is long and shallow, perfect for young children, and is particularly famous for its turtles who inhabited the bay after the major hurricanes in 2017.

Dining on the island

St. John offers a wide variety of dining experiences, from upscale gourmet restaurants to casual bars with a variety of fare. At Hawksview Estate we always have the finger on the pulse of what’s new and which restaurants are recommended for our guests to visit.

Allow the estate managers to take care of any restaurant bookings according to your culinary desires and enjoy a variety of the island’s cuisine.

Shopping

While St. Thomas is world-renowned for its duty-free shopping, shopping on St. John is also world-class, without the hustle and bustle. There are numerous galleries and practicing artists on the island. The low-key approach belies the level of sophistication you will find.

Be sure to spend some time at Mongoose Junction, the main shopping center offering a wide range of shops, galleries, art, gift items and eating establishments.

Wharfside Village is right on the beach in Cruz Bay by the main ferry dock and is another go-to destination for shopping.

The Marketplace is home to Starfish Market where you can find gourmet foods, a pharmacy, a hardware store, as well as other shops and services. It is open and airy, and has good parking.

Boat Charters

Exploring the incredible beauty of the Virgin Islands on the water is a must during your stay. Either by sail boat, power boat or yacht there are countless options to discover the unique and breathtaking places around the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

To secure a trip with a vessel of your choice, we advise our guests to let us know as early as possible for appropriate arrangements.

Fishing

Whether you are a passionate fisherman or it’s your first-time, we have plenty of fishing options. Deep-sea fishing at the north drop is a great adventure and recommended for those who want to catch big fish. Again, we are happy to assist on any arrangements.
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